This review is for the 1/35 MiniArt Ardennes Street, which is a road section with a damaged building and a small culvert.
As with most of these MiniArt kits you get extras, and these are worth it too. There is a full door, some window panes and some window shutters plus a rail fence. The culvert is really neat too, and I plan to dress mine up with a small piece of pipe, and some trickling water.
The building is not difficult to build, but it does need some reinforcement in the form of styrene stripes. As you can see in the photo, it helps the building stay together, and it provides a place for the putty later on. I have built three of these MiniArt 1/35 buildings, and while I do like them my main pet peeve is that they don’t have much surface for glue to grab onto. However, as you can see from my previous two reviews, once the putty work is done and once they are painted they do look nice.
As you can see there is plenty of room for a Tiger, so most vehicles you might want to put on the base will fit. Do not worry about the gaps in the top of the building, as you see from the photos, the roof will cover those gaps.
I have not painted this yet because there are a few minor problems that need to be fixed, the building sides are going to need some more glue and then some putty, and so will the top of the culvert. This is why using styrene underneath helps. It gives the putty something to sit on so it doesn’t just fall through the cracks.
I actually do like this kit, it gives one plenty of room to get creative, and will make for a neat diorama. Also, don’t let the name fool you, this street can be used almost anywhere, you can put up French signs, Italian signs, German signs, and call it what you wish. I do recommend this kit, but make sure you get some strip styrene and putty to help with the build.
I would like to thank MRC for supplying this Miniart kit and IPMS/USA for the review sample.